John Ciccarelli first started playing the guitar at high school at the age of 14, where he formed a band with 3 friends, called The Reasons Four. For 2 years, the band was in residency at Kurrajong Heights Hotel, playing every Saturday and Sunday, with the weeknights spent at The Railway Hotel in Liverpool.
During a stint in the Army in the 1970's, John started playing the trombone and honed his skill properly upon returning to civilian life, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Under the expert tuition of Geoff Bailey (a trombonist in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra), John achieved the level of Grade 8 AMEB.
While at the Conservatorium, John joined the Conservatorium Big Band. This was an amazing time in Australian music, as many of the members of that Big Band would continue their very successful careers in the Australian music scene. Rodger Frampton, Paul Panichi, David Panichi, James Morrison, John Morrison and Alan Freeman were joined by esteemed Directors of the band, Don Burrows, Bill Motzing, and Professor Howie Smith.
After a 20 year hiatus from the music world, in 2000 John began teaching school children.
John is proficient in Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone, (Alto & Tenor), Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Guitar, Drums, & Acoustic Guitar.
Clarinet, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Trumpet & Saxophone
Nicholas first started playing trumpet in the school band at 8 years of age.
During his High School years he became interested in clarinet, saxophone and drums, studying drums under the guidance of Mitch Farmer. He continued gaining experience, playing drums in a Sydney cover band in local pubs and hotels and in later years, trumpet in a touring stage band.
Following High School, Nicholas graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) where he enjoyed writing background music for movies, commercials and film clips, something he continues to do today.
His formal education was never neglected though, with Nicholas attaining Honours in 5th Grade AMEB clarinet and completing 8th Grade AMEB trumpet.
Nicholas is currently working in schools, conducting school bands and tutoring students on flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, saxophone and drums.
Brass, Bass Guitar, Drums, Euphonium, Flute, Trombone & Trumpet
Michael has been playing music since he was ten years old, and has performed across Australia and Europe.
While teaching and conducting across various Sydney schools for ten years, Michael has also recently completed his Bachelor of Music, majoring in performance.
Guitar, Piano, Ukelele, Singing & Trumpet
Patricia is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese and is a guitarist and singer-songwriter, teaching acoustic & electric guitar, piano and ukulele.
She comes from a musical background of classical piano and choral singing in her childhood, after which she gained further study on the guitar and songwriting.
Patricia completed her Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance) at the Australian Institute of Music in 2018.
With her degree specialising in contemporary music and experiences in ensemble and band performances, recording, arranging and songwriting, Patricia gained extensive knowledge of different music genres in terms of stylistic techniques and music theory.
Her students are able to receive training in guitar, piano and ukulele playing techniques, building up repertoire (songs & tunes), performing, self- accompanying, songwriting and aural.
Glenyss started learning piano at the age of 8 where she was surrounded by music, having many siblings learning piano, cello, violin and viola.
Glenyss has studied under the tuition of Thea Ashe, Heather Boyd and Noelle Brinsden and commenced teaching when she was 17.
In addition to teaching, Glenyss has been involved with the Northern Sydney Youth String Ensembles as an accompanist and has had the pleasure of being on stage in musical productions of the Blue Mountains Musical Society.
Glenyss loves to nurture young musicians to enjoy their music making.
Bass Guitar & Guitar
Harry is an energetic session guitarist currently playing in a variety of different bands and duo’s playing in pubs/clubs, corporate and wedding functions around Sydney.
Originally starting out on tenor sax and moving to guitar, Harry has been playing guitar for 15+ years and has been teaching guitar for over 10 years, both in schools and privately. Harry recently studied a Bachelor of Music at the University of New South Wales majoring in performance (jazz guitar). He also holds a diploma of Sound Production from TAFE.
The past few years he has toured Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide playing guitar in the 5 piece band Brewster Brothers Angels & Demons show. Currently working on an album, he has also been involved in writing music and licensing his compositions for short films, TV & promotional videos.
Harry brings a well rounded perspective to teaching guitar.
Elias Vilches is a young and up and coming drummer in the Sydney music scene.
From the age of 12 he has always loved the feeling of banging on the couch with his mother's knitting needles. Swapping the knitting needles for drum sticks and the couch for a drum kit, has allowed Elias to explore many different styles of music such as rock, funk, soul, hip hop and hard rock.
Thriving mostly in the world of funk, soul and hip hop has helped Elias to become a more attentive drummer. Having had the opportunity to travel abroad to play overseas in counties such as London, Spain and New Zealand, Elias has been teaching for about 2 years now and enjoys watching his students grow and thrive.
He likes to challenge them to push themselves in reaching their goal for music.
Dom is a young, up and coming musician working in Sydney. Studying Jazz Performance (drum set) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Dom is continuously seeking new musical ideas and structures.
In addition to jazz, Dom plays around Sydney in pop and rock groups.
Clarinet, Flute, Piano & Saxophone
Lucy is a Primary school music teacher who has been teaching for 34 years.
She currently teaches in the Carlingford area, specialising in piano, saxophone (Alto and Tenor) and clarinet, but also plays a variety of other instruments.
Lucy is a member of the Harmonix Concert Band and newly formed Harmonix Big Band.
Lucy loves passing on her passion of music to young players.
Kewei (Kevin) Shao
Kevin has mentored students of all ages, applying a variety of instructional techniques.
Kevin communicates musical knowledge with calm and patience but is a firm believer in structured lessons to encourage students to quickly achieve their best.
Piano, Singing & Trumpet
Hannah is a vocalist and instrumentalist with a love of musical theatre and jazz music. She graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) majoring in classical voice and has since spent the last 3 years travelling with the performing arts company 'The Young Americans'.
With this group, Hannah was able to work with directors from Broadway, Disneyland, Royal Carribean Cruises and Paramount Pictures. She spent two and a half years teaching and performing all over Japan, the West Coast and Midwest of the United States.
In 2018 and 2019 Hannah was a featured soloist in 'The Magic of Christmas' in California.
After being in a new city every 3 days for much of the last few years, Hannah is excited to be back home sharing her love of music!
Flute & Singing
Emma is an experienced vocalist and flautist, with a particular passion for jazz, pop, theatre and a capella music. With a background in choral singing, she is especially interested in part-singing, aural skills and arranging for voice.
Emma is currently studying Contemporary Music Practice at the Sydney Conservatorium, gaining further experience in songwriting, arranging, recording, and a variety of musical genres and styles.
She regularly performs around Sydney as a soloist, and as a member of two choirs and has extensive experience singing at venues such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall.
Emma loves teaching performance, technical and aural skills, and enjoys working with beginners. She hopes to create a non-judgemental and collaborative space, where students can develop their confidence and passion for music!
Bass Guitar, Guitar & Ukelele
Will is a multi instrumentalist specialising in Guitar and Bass Guitar. He has been performing gigs since 2015 in a variety of different bands, performing covers and original music, all around the Greater Sydney Area.
After completing a Bachelor of Music in Songwriting at JMC Academy, Will worked as a session musician at JMC and has been keeping busy teaching guitar in the local areas, as well as continuing to focus on original projects.
Clarinet, Flute, Piano & Saxophone
Emma started piano lessons at the early age of four through the Suzuki method, before transferring to the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB). At school, while playing in ensembles and bands, Emma completed her Associate Diploma on saxophone and Grade 7 on piano.
During a brief break from music, Emma studied and worked in childcare and has a particular interest in engaging children with music. Emma returned to studying music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she studied under the tutelage of Christina Leonard on saxophone. During this time, Emma was a member of various ensembles and quartets and was accepted to do an internship with Fine Music 102.5FM as well as Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA).
Currently, Emma teaches in and around Sydney and its surrounding suburbs as well as performing regularly with the Corrective Services New South Wales band, in amateur musicals, and casually with the New South Wales Police Band.
Lena is an experienced piano teacher and accompanist with a Bachelor of
Music Education from the Conservatorium of Music, where she studied under the
professional guidance of Elizabeth Powell, successfully completing her
LmusA diploma from the AMEB and Grade 6 in musicianship. Lena also
completed a Bachelor in Music Repetiteur at the Sydney Conservatorium of
Music under the guidance of Simon Kenway.
Lena has taught many private students piano and musicianship at all levels
including AmusA. She previously taught at Forte School of Music and also at
Meriden private Anglican Girls School. Lena has accompanied many students
in preparation for HSC exams, AMEB exams and various auditions for schools
Lena is passionate about teaching piano and accompanying and is excited to
share this passion with others.
Bass Guitar, Guitar
Matt has been playing in bands since 2013 and is currently in his fourth year at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is studying Contemporary Music.
In 2018, Matt added teaching to his repertoire, coaching new and experienced students alike, through the instruments he loves ... Bass Guitar and Guitar.
When not studying, playing gigs or teaching, Matt dabbles in music production for other artists.
Matt has an easy-going nature and relaxed teaching style, a great sense of humour, and his students enjoy his lessons very much !
Gloria graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University in 2007, with a Master of Arts in Music.
Prior to this, she was teaching at Taoist Ching Chung Primary School as well as teaching Piano privately.
Gloria has been both a class teacher and choir conductor and is a patient and conscientious teacher who speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese.